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Saturday, November 29, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Kate Flora

Good Morning from Rockport, TX,

Yep, I'm rounding out my visit to  Bandera, Texas & the Silver Spur Guest Ranch by heading to the coast to visit another friend in Rockport. Tomorrow I'll be Louisiana bound but today I'd like to introduce you to Ms. Kate Flora, a fellow Five Star Author....

Award-winning mystery and true crime writer Kate Flora is the author of 14 books, including the true crime story Death Dealer and the novelAnd Grant You Peace, both forthcoming in the fall of 2014.  Her book Finding Amy (true crime), co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief, was a 2007 Edgar Award nominee.  Kate’s other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series, the third of which, Redemption, won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. 

A former assistant attorney general in the areas of battered children and employment discrimination, Kate is a founding member the New England Crime Bake conference, a founder of Level Best Books where she worked as an editor and publisher for seven years and has served as international president of Sisters in Crime. When she’s not riding an ATV through the Canadian woods or hiding in a tick-infested field waiting to be found by search and rescue dogs as research for her books, she can be found teaching writing at Grub Street in Boston.

Find out more about Kate and her work by visiting her website: www.kateflora.com 

Something I've realized as I'm in libraries and bookstores this fall promoting two new books, is how the processes of writing fiction and nonfiction are intertwined. For writing the true story of a murder, looking over the investigator's shoulders in Death Dealer, I can use the skills I've developed over twenty years of writing crime fiction: how to make the storytelling dramatic and compelling, how to organize the material so the reader can see the investigation vividly, how to show the real characters in a way that the reader can visualize them and come to care to care about them, and how to incorporate research about police training and experience in a way that doesn't slow down the pacing of the book.

What I've learned from spending so many hours talking to detectives to write the nonfiction deeply informs the way I approach my fictional detective in my Joe Burgess police procedural series. From the way they've let me into their lives, I can give my fictional character a deeper and more complex personal life, including the challenges that police officers face in balancing the bad things they see and the bad people they deal with, and still remaining available to their families. I've also got a stable of experienced cops to go to when I need to write a scene involving guns and bad guys, that hopefully will make it more vivid and authentic to my readers. It has been a fascinating process, realizing how writing in the two different arenas challenges me and helps me to become a better writer in both.

Death Dealer
Death Dealer is the true story of a police investigation in Miramichi, New Brunswick, into a resident’s mysterious disappearance.  It pulls readers directly into a tense and complex, real-life search as cops and cadaver dogs painstakingly make their way through scarce evidence and forbidding terrain to uncover the victim’s body and bring a killer to justice.

Death Dealer can be purchased at Amazon in Print and for Kindle

And Grant You Peace
This 4th book in the Joe Burgess mystery series finds Burgess pulled inadvertently into a case rife with religious tensions after finding a woman and a baby locked in a closet inside a burning mosque.  His search for answers leads him to discover an abduction kit including body bags, handcuffs, rope and a shovel for his own family and to face the prospect that the “normal” life he’s begun to reestablish may be coming to an explosive end.

And Grant You Peace can also be purchased at Amazon in Print and for Kindle.

Well friends hope you enjoyed this spotlight! Check back weekly for new Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course, Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time....take care & God Bless!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Thanksgiving & Gratitude

If you've followed me for long you know I do my best to be uplifting and positive. Well today is the one day set aside each year to give thanks but as you also know, I am a firm believer in having and expressing an attitude of gratitude.

So let me take a few moments to THANK You for being a faithful friend and follower (reader, fan).

May God bless you 100 fold each day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest Post by Janet Elizabeth Lyn

Good Morning!

Well I'm off to Bandera, TX this moring and the Silver Spur Guest Ranch, my home away from home for a much needed visit so it is with great pleasure and not much fan fare I welcome back to the blog Janet Elizabeth Lyn with something she treasures....

South of the Pier was my first mystery novel. As I plotted the story, things just weren’t coming together. I had outlines, character studies, main plot and sub plots, but nothing seem right. Frustrated, doubt crept in. Was this the right novel to write? Then my single sister received word that everything was in order for her to pickup her adopted baby…in Guatemala.
We had to be there in three days. Rushing to get thing together and fly south, I put the novel on the back burner hoping getting away would help me figure out what to do.
Nervous and excited we stepped off the plane anxious to see my new niece. At that moment the novel “hit me in the head”. The characters told me what had to happen. As we drove to Guatemala City all at once it became crystal clear how the story would unfold, with new characters, dialogue, arguments, and hand to hand battles. I felt like I was having stroke! That night at 9pm I started typing on my laptop. My fingers flew till 2am. Inspiration flooded my senses with each paragraph.
          The next morning, Jenny, 11 months old, was brought to the hotel by a loving foster family. Fifteen family members showed up to say good-bye with small gifts for her to take to America and her new life. They cried for 2 hours trying say good-bye.

Jenny was the most beautiful little girl in the world…and still is 8 years later. 

Wow what an inspirational story!

Find out more about Janet and her book at the following places....

South of the Pier is available at Amazon. 
Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DznY4XBw-dY

Hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure. Stay tuned for more Tuesday Treasure, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Stacy Juba (@StacyJuba) & Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle

Good Morning and Welcome!

Today we welcome back to our spotlight, Stacy Juba with her Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle of books!

Stacy has been here a time or two before, so I'll spare you the fanfare and get right into the featured books spotlighted!

Immerse your child in the sweet and gentle world of teddy bears with three complete picture books.  Each of these bedtime stories is fully illustrated with simple and cheerful colored pencil illustrations of teddy bear families, giving the whimsical effect of a completed coloring book. The following titles are featured:

The Flag Keeper - Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. After Dad leaves for a trip, Elizabeth pledges to raise the flag all by herself and follow all of the flag etiquette rules that her father has taught her. However, her dad never told her what to do if the flag gets dirty or the police show up. Teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through a fiction story, flag facts, activity idea, and discussion questions. For ages 4-9. Also available in paperback and endorsed by directors of the national VFW and American Legion Posts.

Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise - Victoria loves her home and family, but boy does she hate the noises that invade her daily life. Her imagination transforms the blender into a growling bear, the vacuum cleaner into a lion and the lawnmower into a spaceship filled with monsters. With the help of a CD player, she decides that maybe a nasty noise like the blender is just music that doesn't know how to sing. This sweet bedtime story can help young children learn that household noises aren't so scary after all. For ages 3 and up.

Sticker Shoes - When Jenny gets a sticker stuck to her shoe, she has a new invention - Sticker Shoes! She covers her sneakers with shiny sparkling stickers and runs outside to try out her beautiful shoes. Unfortunately, Sticker Shoes aren't meant for rough and tumble play in the dirt and her invention doesn't last. Jenny makes her way through her closet, trying on old boots, dress-up shoes and slippers in her hunt for the perfect Sticker Shoe. Teaches young children about problem-solving and taking the first early "steps" toward independence. For ages 3 and up.

Don't miss the lively Audible edition performed by popular children's book narrator Bill Russell, who brings the stories to life with his lively narration and performance on a toy piano.

Excerpt from The Flag Keeper: Elizabeth barreled down the steps into the garage. After today, her flag would be stuck on a vacation to nowhere. She had to raise it one last time. She tripped on the stairs and landed hard on her knees. "Ouch!"

"What’s your hurry?" her father asked. "The flag won’t climb the pole without you."

"But the bus will be here any minute, Dad." Elizabeth grabbed the folded flag off its shelf.

She carried it to the front yard like one of Mom’s best dishes. Her father was leaving for a business trip the next day, which meant no flag until he got home. Elizabeth couldn’t bear the sight of a naked flagpole. She woke up the flag in the morning and put it to bed at night. That had been her prized job since she was little.

Sounds like a GREAT Christmas present for the children in your life! Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle can be purchased at Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iTunes  & Audible!

Find out More Information on Stacy and her books by visiting her Website, Facebook Goodreads,

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight!

Stay tuned for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course, Saturday Spotlight.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Amazing Grace

Two weeks ago today (Nov 6th) my mother passed away. I was at the funeral home with my other family, getting ready to bury my mother in law who left us on Nov 2nd. Two weeks before that, a lifelong family friend (my mother's BFF of 56 years) passed away (Oct 23) and just two days after mom (Nov 8th), my 46 year old cousin died.

We know of the infamous line by Olympia Dukakis in the movie Steel Magnolias... "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

I guess there's some truth in that. I know when my husband died in 2009 I didn't think I'd make it through that first year.

But somehow, by the grace of God, I did.

And now, I can only pray for the courage to get through this too and thank God for His amazing grace and His faithfulness in imparting His strength when mine is not quite enough.

Take care & God Bless.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest Post by Shelly Shepard Gray

Good Morning,

Today I, along with LitFuse Publicity Group, welcome Shelly Shepard Gray to tell us about something she treasures...

I treasure my Hope Chest. I received it when I was 14 or 15, and to be honest, I think my father had gotten it for me mainly because it was a pretty, antique trunk, and it might do a good job of holding all of my books.

It did hold books. But soon it also turned into a keeper of secrets, a storage area for photos, and now, a collection receptacle for all things special in my life.

Those of you who know me well know that I am not organized by nature. I don’t file, I don’t really alphabetize, and I never made scrapbooks for my kids. I did, however, take the time to toss things in my hope chest from time to time. That’s why it has drawings my kids made when they were little, the set of scrubs my husband wore when our son was born, sympathy cards from when my father passed away, and even the fancy comb I wore in my hair from a dance in high school.

The trunk is packed tight now, but I do love to peek inside every once in a while and see what I can find. I secretly love that nothing is in order. I like having to sort through all kinds of photos, buttons, dried flowers and old teddy bears to find what I am looking for. I like to think that it’s a good reminder to take the time to remember what is important in life. Family and faith and friends. 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find out more about Shelly by visiting her website.

Hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure. Stay tuned for more...

Until later...take care & God Bless.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Janet Elizabeth Lyn & South of the Pier

Today we welcome Janet Elizabeth Lyn to the Spotlight.....

I was born in Queens, and raised in Long Island, New York until I was 12 years old. Then my family left the freezing winters and hurricanes to the warmth and casual life style of Los Angeles.
It has always been my dream to write novels. Finally, in 2001 I decided that if I don’t try I’ll never know. After many classes and seminars, much blood and sweat my first novel was published. South of the Pier in 2011. That was it, I can’t seem to stop writing and researching.
Important places to find me:

Palmer Railton, a well known lobbyist, is brutally murdered on his doorstep resulting in a media frenzy. Meantime, his excited fiancée, Camille Brewster calls Connie Cane, her twin sister, to tell her of Palmer’s wedding proposal, the huge ruby engagement ring, and a dozen red roses. Connie, former CSI, must keep her devastated, cute-ass sister from getting killed after involving herself in the murder investigation.
Kidnapped, Camille tries to seduce her way to freedom but ends up stranded in a Guatemalan jail with an Interpol agent who holds the key to her freedom. Wounded during a gun battle, Connie tries to free her sister. The murderer is caught and arrested leaving Camille free to plan Palmer’s funeral with hi’s estranged grandmother. The final clue is in Connie’s hands when she realizes they have the wrong person in jail.

The moon was rising in the east. Detective Marcello Prado got out of his unmarked Mercury Marauder. The sweet ocean air filled his head. A crowd of onlookers had already gathered around the stark crime scene tape that encircled the Spanish style apartment building. He ducked under the tape and walked up the steps through the tropical plants and trees that crowded the courtyard. The Police floodlights and a trickling fountain made the front door of apartment THREE look like a Hollywood premiere.
“Whatcha got, Jim?”
“Well, he's still warm.”
The body of a man dressed in a yellow polo shirt and dark brown slacks laid face up on the parquet floor. Vacant black eyes stared at him through the glass top coffee table. Marcello scanned the room. He noticed a potted fichus tree on the floor across the man's legs. Blood had pooled under the table and flowed along the floor.
“Someone was in a hurry to get out of here.” Marcello spun around as a petite brunette popped up from behind a chair. “Hello, Detective.”
“Don’t just pop up like that, you startled me. Who are you?”
“Sorry. I'm CS Investigator Kyra Dennis. I found a footprint in the blood by the fireplace.”
“From the looks of things,” Jim continued, “the shooting must've happened about two to three hours ago. Two shots to the chest, front entry. One probably in the center of his heart. No blood trail, so it happened here.”
“Looks like Mr. Railton was a silent movie buff.”
Jim stood, “Are you kidding?”
“So you’re an old movie buff too?” Kyra added.
“They just don’t make them like they use to. Jim crossed the room to examine a double poster display. "If these two posters are original, they are worth a small fortune at best. Metropolis, 1927, the movie all science fictions are based on. Look, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Blade Runner too.”
Marcello was listening carefully, “Can’t be a motive for robbery, they’re still here.”
“If, in fact, they are originals,” Jim added. “It could be.”
“I'll check on it.” Kyra held out the dead man's wallet. Detective Prado pulled an evidence bag out of his pocket.
She nodded toward the body, “The victim is a Palmer Railton - looks like he was ready to leave on a trip. Luggage and airline tickets to D.C. are on the sofa.”
Marcello figured her for a newbie with the crime lab. She was too precise and enthusiastic for a seasoned investigator.
“Someone didn't want him to leave.” Marcello looked at the body. “Can you do something with his eyes, Jim? I'm getting creeped out.”
“Looks like a nine millimeter,” Jim held up an empty shell casing. “I would have thought you’d be used to stuff like this, Prado.”
“Sorry to disappoint you, but I never get used to people hurting each other.”
Kyra went back to take photos of items scattered across the floor. There was a crumpled twenty dollar bill, an empty velvet ring box and one gaudy cloisonné earring.
"A woman was definitely here.” She shook her head as she examined the earring and placed it into its own evidence envelope. "Whoever it was, they have awful taste. I hope I can get some DNA. Clip-ons aren't as easy to get DNA as pierced earrings. But maybe I can lift a print.”
“Why do you women hang stuff from their ears in the first place?” Marcello asked. “I mean, whose idea was that?”
Kyra looked up from the viewfinder in her camera, “Probably some man. The same guy who came up with stilettos." She smiled, "Actually earrings are intended to frame a woman's face - y'know, to take a guy's attention away from our chest.”
“Detective,” their exchange was disturbed by a uniformed officer, accompanied by a beautiful brunette with sad eyes.
“This lady has something to say you may want to hear.”

South of the Pier is available at Amazon. 

Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DznY4XBw-dY

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Kisses from Heaven by Clare Revell

Good Morning Friends and Welcome!

Today it is my pleasure to bring to you another great title from Pelican Book Group and author, Clare Revell and this one is FREE!

Collecting the cat from the vet should be simple. Right? Not when the paths are icy and the local Christian vet is drop dead gorgeous. Kady Harris has done as much as she could to win his heart and failed.

Rory O’Leary figured he’d missed his chance with the beautiful girl who sits opposite him in church -- after all, she's married. Until he learns things aren’t what they seem when she winds up injured in his arms.

Someone once called snowflakes 'kisses from heaven.' Can a snow covered landscape covered in God's kisses work it's spirit of love on Kady and Rory?

The bell above the door tinkled as Kady Harris entered the Priory. She had almost expected the vet’s’ office was to be empty . Winter had arrived with a vengeance—two feet of snow blanketing the south of England overnight. She didn’t expect to find the drop dead gorgeous practice owner behind the counter playing receptionist.

“Top o’ the morning to you.” Rory O’Leary’s Irish lilt brought a smile to Kady’s face and warmed her chilled body, setting her heart racing. “It sure is cold out there today.”

“It is. But even the snow showcases God’s beauty in nature—someone once called snowflakes ‘kisses from heaven’. Just think of all the millions of unique snowflakes out there. Millions of God’s kisses covering the world with His love.”

“That’s very poetic.”

“Thank you.”

She put the empty cat basket on the counter, pulled off her gloves, and rubbed her hands, trying to bring the circulation back. Warmth blasted from the radiators, a welcome relief from the frigid temperatures outside. “I’ve come to collect Willow.”

“And there I was thinking you’d come to see me and give me someone to talk to. It’s been cold and lonely here all morning with just Cain to keep me company.”

Are you flirting with me, Rory O’Leary? Or do you do that to every woman who comes in?"

“Well, you’re here and I’m here…Question is, is Willow?”

Again, Kisses from Heaven is a FREE read so grab your copy today!

Until next time...take care & God Bless.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

#ThursdayThoughts: Guest Post by Diana Rubino

Good Morning Friends,

Well we're blessed to have guests this week, which is a good thing since I am not only attending my mother in law's funeral, but taking my turn at the hospital with my mom. 

Alas, God is good All the Time!!

Without much fan fare, please allow my friend Diana Rubino the floor....

Hi all published and aspiring authors. I’m Diana Rubino, author of 18 historical and paranormal novels. My publishers are The Wild Rose Press and Solstice Publishing.

My story will inspire you to push on, if nothing else will. It’s unique, because I'm probably the longest aspiring author to be
published—18 years. I wrote my first novel in 1982, after a dose of reality in the brokerage business. In those days, executive-level women were virtually nonexistent in the finance industry. My first novel was largely autobiographical, as most first novels are. Although my third and fourth novels came close to getting published with Harlequin, they didn't quite make it.

Because I’m a huge history buff, I decided to write a historical, which became The Jewels of Warwick, set around Henry VIII and a fictional mistress. Jewels took 2 years to research and write, with no internet. This was 1990. It came very close to publication with several romance houses, but missed the mark for containing too little romance. When I finished Jewels, I scoured the history books for another legendary figure to write about. While I browsed the Cambridge Library stacks, a book snagged my eye. Lying, not standing, on the wrong shelf was Crown of Roses by Valerie Anand. It drew me like a magnet. Richard III is a central character in the story, and the author thanks’ the Richard III Society’ for helping her. Who’s this Richard III Society? I wondered.

Already hooked on Richard, his tragic death at 32 and his reputation as a usurper and a murderer of his little nephews, I joined this Richard III Society. So I joined up (again through snail mail, no internet.)
As everyone else who has a story about how they ‘met’ Richard, he fascinated me. I’d found the subject of my next novel! And it tied in perfectly as a prequel to The Jewels of Warwick. Titled Thy Name is Love, it made the same rounds of publishers, remaining homeless after several rewrites and seven years.

But the miracle of the internet came to all of us. My first online experience was CompuServe’s Romance Forum in 1993. This led to meeting many authors who shared leads and their own writing journeys. In 1999, Lisa Hamilton, an author I'd met on the CompuServe Romance Forum, sent me a list of E-publishers, since E-publishing was new and quickly catching on. One of those publishers was Domhan Books, a British publisher who also did print.

When I heard back from them, I figured it was just another rejection, but it was an offer to publish my historicals, since Siobhan McNally, the owner of Domhan Books, was a huge Richard sympathizer. They also published print books, so I lived the moment I’d dreamed about—seeing my first book in print. This was 18 years after that first novel went out into the world.

What surprised me most about the publishing business is that it's very hard to be recognized. You really have to work on promotion as well as writing. I've read many differing opinions on this, but I do believe you should promote as much as time allows, without taking away writing time. I have a website, a mailing list, and attend as many signings and conferences as possible.

But you have to be realistic; it's not easy to shoot up to #1; I'd had delusions of being on talk shows and seeing my name on the NYT bestseller lists after my first novel.

I never felt I had enough information to convey at a workshop, but I can tell aspiring authors to make sure the opening is enough of a grabber, make sure the characters are compelling, make sure they're interesting enough and the reader cares enough about them to keep reading, make sure the novel is structured well, so that it doesn't have a sagging middle or any pacing problems, make sure the stakes are high enough so they're in life or death situations that it seems they can't possibly get out of, make sure the secondary characters aren't mere cardboard, and a humor always helps.

I don’t have any one favorite author, but there are authors whose books I’ll buy if their name is on them. That includes Doug Preston & Lincoln Child (they write great thrillers together), Barbara Erskine (very eerie paranormals set in Essex, England), and Bertrice Small. She never disappoints.

I’ve never had a deadline from a publisher, but I’d once sent an agent the first 3 chapters of my vampire romance. He said he’d like to see the entire ms., so I wrote 5,000 words a day til it was finished. He later rejected it. Oh, well. But at least I know I’m capable of turning out 5,000 words a day. My usual output is 2,500 words a day.

In my ‘other’ life, I own an engineering business with my husband, based in Cambridge.

I’d like to tell any aspiring authors who are frustrated that it’s taken them 3, 4, 5 or more years to get that first contract, remember, I wrote for 18 years before getting ‘the call’ so never give up! Keep believing, and keep the faith! And of course, keep writing, because you’ll only get better. And NEVER give up on your dream!

Please visit my website at www.dianarubino.com, www.dianarubinoauthor.blogspot.com, DianaRubinoAuthor on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter @DianaLRubino.

A Necessary End is available at Amazon in print and for Kindle!

Wow, if this isn't a lesson in perseverance, nothing is! So glad Diana decided to hang in there.

You do the same.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

#TuesdayTreasure: Guest post by Sarah Sundin

Good Morning Friends,

Welcome! I have a special treat for you today...the first of many to come.... As a marketing associate, I meet up with lot's of other marketing people, publicists, etc. 

Well one of these fine ladies is Ms. Audra Jennings with Litfuse Group. Audra has contacted her authors and we'll be spotlighting some of them on Tuesday Treasure, Thursday Thoughts and occasionally Saturday Spotlights!

Today we welcome Ms. Sarah Sundin to Tuesday Treasure....

The greatest gifts reflect the heart of the giver. In twenty-five years of marriage, my husband has given me many lovely presents. While he has exceptional taste in jewelry—all the more remarkable since he has absolutely no fashion sense—the gifts that mean the most to me are things that might seem odd to others.

For example, a model of World War II Douglas C-47 cargo plane. How many women have such an item on their Christmas wish list? But my current Wings of the Nightingale series involves three World War II flight nurses who take care of patients on board C-47s, and the hero of my latest novel, In Perfect Time, is a C-47 pilot.

When my husband built this model for me, he showed his care for me and for what I like. Also, since he was slow to understand this whole crazy “writing thing”—he married a practical pharmacist after all!—the gift showed his acceptance of my career detour better than words could say.
Best of all, the model showed his heart for building, for creating, for giving his time—for who he is. My husband is a man of few words, but he shows his love through actions. I have a physical manifestation of his love sitting on top of my desk to remind me whenever I want to grumble about the man I married.

His next project . . . building a model of a World War II Gleaves class destroyer for my upcoming Waves of Freedom series! How I love that man.

Sarah Sundin is the author of The Wings of the Nightingale series and Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sundin received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Award from both the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and the Christian Authors Network (CAN). She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, CAN and AWSA. Sundin plans to continue to focus on World War II for her upcoming Waves of Freedom series about three naval officers based in Boston.

A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Sundin works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy, and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England.

Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies.

To keep up with Sarah Sundin, visit www.sarahsundin.com, become a fan on Facebook (SarahSundinAuthor) or follow her on Twitter (@sarahsundin) and Pinterest (sarahsundin).

Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her. Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go. Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts? Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

In Perfect Time is available @ Amazon in Hardcover/Large Print, Paperback & on Kindle!

Well friends, I certainly hope you've enjoyed this Tuesday Treasure as much as I have! It is wonderful to see what other authors treasure and how their loved one's support their writing.

Don't forget a new Thursday Thoughts will be up this week so.... Hope to see you soon!

Until next time....take care, God Bless and Remember.... When the going gets tough, the tough go to God!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#SaturdaySpotlight: Tory Richards & Kiss Me!

Good Morning and Welcome to the First Saturday Spotlight in November! Today I have a special guest but I must warn you, Tory Richards writes Erotic Romance & this scene is hot, hot, hot!

But first here's a little story from Tory .....


In celebration of Halloween I wanted to share a true story. I come from a small town in Maine named China. My dad lived on a country road that for many years was nothing but dirt. He and my step-mom had a nice home on a small hill, back from the road and secluded by trees and flowering plants. My dad worked for and retired from the railroad in Waterville, and for as long as I knew him he always wore the same thing, a dark blue pair of pants and matching shirt that all the railroad workers wore. Even when he retired he still wore the same clothes every day. Every morning my dad would walk his greyhound, Buster. He loved that dog and when dad passed away Buster went a month later.

Now, on the country road my dad walked Buster the homes were far and few between. My step-sister lived just a little down the way from him, and across the street from her was a small house shared by two women. One day my step-sister and her neighbor across the street happened to go out for their mail at the same time. Mail boxes were at the edge of their driveways. So they got to talking.

The neighbor woman asked my step-sister, “Who’s that man I see walk by here every morning with his dog?”

My step-sister thought for a minute and said, “Gee, I don’t know, my step-father used to walk by here every day with his dog but he passed away. What does he look like?”

The neighbor described him saying, “He wears dark blue clothes and he’s walking a big greyhound.”


The women didn’t know my dad and had never met him, she moved into that house after he passed away. When my step-sister told me the story I got chills. My step-sister and I knew that woman was seeing my dad walking Buster. How? A lot of people don’t believe but I’ve always believed that anything is possible. And knowing that dad and Buster were together and doing what they loved best made me feel good.

I haven’t written any Halloween stories. I do have a couple short erotic paranormals, The Mating Ritual and Scent of a Wolf’s Mate, and a contemporary romance with a brief Halloween party scene in it, Kiss Me! That one is a full length romance that I’m offering FREE to anyone interested, until the end of November. Below are more information, and a coupon to claim the book.

Kiss Me!

Blurb - Two years after Emma’s divorce she’s looking forward to settling into a quiet life in her new condo at the lake. But thanks to her match making sister she’s running into Stratton’s sexy small town detective at every turn. The last thing Mike’s looking for is a relationship to complicate his busy life, and tells Emma as much. So, if that’s the case, why can’t keep his hands off her?  Previously released at Whiskey Creek Press.

Excerpt - Emma caught her breath, recognizing Mike the second she heard the deep timbre of his sexy voice. He made a hunky Zorro, dressed all in black in a costume that fit his tall, powerful body like it was tailored especially for him. She’d seen him watching her while she crossed the room, ignoring him on purpose because she hadn’t wanted to encourage any unwelcome attention. Now that she knew who he was, she couldn’t take her eyes off him.

He was what dreams were made of, the handsome hero disguised in a black mask, his steely eyes doing all his talking for him as he leaned insolently against the table with that wolfish grin. The bad boy every woman secretly yearns for. He had to know how he affected women with his mysterious presence. Goodness, she all but placed her hand over her pounding heart. What was wrong with her? It took effort to remind herself he was married.

She was about to step away when a dancer bumped into her backside, causing her to fly directly into Mike’s arms. “Oh!” she gasped, throwing her head back to meet his eyes just as his strong hands curled around the fleshy part of her arms, catching her against him. Their bodies were flush, and suddenly it seemed like they were sharing every breath, every heart beat as they stared intently into each other’s eyes. 

Emma felt warm heat spread throughout her body, a heat that had nothing to do with the hot disco lights glaring overhead. Time seemed to stand still. She couldn’t pull her gaze away from his, too caught up in the spell of the moment and feeling way too much in his strong arms, experiencing way too much sensation against his hard body. She was old enough to realize the flow of heat pooling in the lower half of her body was the result of sharp and instant arousal. She tried to ignore the tingling in her nipples as they tightened against his chest, wetting her lips to issue an apology. However, the only thing that came out was a noise that sounded very much like a purr of surrender, a sound of betrayal if she ever heard one.

“Mike,” she began, in a breathless tone that revealed her emotions. She was unable to finish, her body trembling on a sudden wave of weakness. Certain her knees were going to give way, she struggled to put the brakes on the obvious signs of what being in his arms was doing to her. “Please…” she began, intending to ask him to let her go, but there was no denying the invitation she heard in her own voice.

Mike’s eyes darkened with desire; he didn’t want to let Emma go. He’d known he was attracted to her from the start, but he wasn’t prepared for the instant results she produced every time she touched him in some way. Even innocently, only this was hardly innocent. He felt every inch of her. His hands tightened around her arms, a low groan locking in his throat. 

The very air around them seemed electrified. He didn’t want to feel the attraction, yet he was powerless to push her away. Instead, he was acting like an adolescent discovering what sex was all about for the first time. Hell, he was breaking out in a sweat! Her sweet scent and softness was more than any mortal could bear.

Glancing down was his undoing. Her lovely breasts, crushed against him, were all but spilling out of their scant covering. The breath hissed from his lungs, lust shooting a direct path for his aching groin. Releasing a low growl of denial, he felt himself turning hard, and realized he should set her away from him at once. But she felt too damn good right where she was. As if she belonged there.

I want to thank Pamela for hosting me today.

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